SCHOLARSHIPS

Our Goal

The goal of the scholarship program at Montana Bible College is to provide funds to students whose heart for God, long-term commitment to ministry, academic performance, and financial need warrant assistance from the College. Students who receive scholarship funds from MBC should compel the College to invest in their lives. We believe strongly in the personal responsibility of each student to plan for and be able to pay the cost of choosing to be a student. Further, we believe that graduates should not be hindered from fulfilling the ministry to which God has called them because of the burden of college debts; therefore, MBC is committed to providing quality education at an affordable cost. Since MBC’s tuition only covers a portion of its operating expenses, this education is possible because God has placed generosity in the hearts of individuals, churches, and alumni who believe in the eternal value of Bible college education. These people are passing on a trust to our students because they expect God to do great things through them.

Montana Bible College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national/ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or other school-administered programs. 

Federal Aid

MBC does not accept any direct or indirect federal financial aid. Why? First and foremost, MBC wants to steer clear of the “strings” that the government wants to attach to its money.  We plan to educate according to a Biblical worldview, no matter where the cultural winds blow.  Accepting student loans can also create an unhealthy institutional dependence on money that may not always be there, and loans become a significant burden and hindrance to graduates ministering where God wants His people. Montana Bible College wants God to receive the glory for assisting our students in their education.

Church Matching Scholarship

MBC Matching Scholarship – MBC anticipates that all students will apply to their home church for a scholarship to assist in managing the costs of attending college.  A person’s home church is normally very supportive of ministry training for one of its own students.  MBC has made available a separate application for students to present to their churches.  This application outlines the College’s philosophy of ministry and financial aid. MBC will match any scholarships from a student’s home church up to $1000 dollars per year, though the church is certainly welcome to give more!  This matching grant is available to new and returning students and renewable on an annual basis for up to four years based on the church’s continued support (the church is invited to give as much as it can).  Students must be enrolled for at least nine (9) credits. The application is available at the MBC office or can be downloaded here.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Students who transfer to MBC from another institution of biblical higher education are encouraged to apply for church matching grant funds right away.  The application is available at the MBC office or can be downloaded here.  In order to qualify for additional merit-based scholarships, they must be of sophomore standing and must successfully complete one full-time semester at MBC.  See the Scholarships for Returning Students.

Scholarships for Returning Students

MBC Matching Scholarship –  All returning students are encouraged to apply for church matching scholarship funds!  A person’s home church is normally very supportive of ministry training for one of its own students.  MBC has made available a separate application for students to present to their churches.  This application outlines the College’s philosophy of ministry and financial aid. MBC will match any scholarships from a student’s home church up to $1000 dollars per year, though the church is certainly welcome to give more!  This matching grant is available to new and returning students and renewable on an annual basis for up to four years based on the church’s continued support (the church is invited to give as much as it can).  Students must be enrolled for at least nine (9) credits. The application is available at the MBC office or can be downloaded here.

The following requirements apply to returning students seeking to receive merit-based scholarship funds from Montana Bible College:

  1. Students must be enrolled for at least nine (9) credits each semester toward the completion of either the one-year Certificate in Biblical Studies or any of the Bachelor’s degree programs. Financial awards are based on full-time status (12 credits) and will be prorated based on registered credits. Take, for example, a student who is awarded a $500 scholarship for the semester. If the student registers for 12 or more credits, the student receives the entire $500. If the student is registered for only 10 credits, the award is $415 (500*10/12). Dropping below nine credits at any point during the semester will make a student ineligible for scholarship funds, and the College may expect the student to pay back the awarded funds.
  2. Students must demonstrate Christ-like character both on and off campus.
  3. Students must maintain GPA requirements. (General requirements are to maintain at least a 2.0. Additional GPA requirements exist for individual scholarships.)
  4. Students must complete MBC’s Comprehensive Scholarship Application.
  • Elizabeth O’Rear Memorial Scholarship – In memory of Elizabeth O’Rear, the O’Rear family has graciously provided a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 ($500 per semester). In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be a returning student of junior or senior standing, have and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA, and currently be involved in ministry with plans to pursue vocational ministry after graduation.  To be considered for this scholarship, a completed MBC Comprehensive Scholarship Application is due February15. This scholarship is awarded to one student for the following school year.  The scholarship is presented annually at MBC’s graduation ceremony.
  • Ron Ward and Founders Memorial Scholarship – In memory of Ron Ward, one of the founders of Montana Bible College, MBC has designated a scholarship fund in his name. This scholarship in the amount of $1,000 ($500 per semester) is awarded to returning students who demonstrate servant-hearted leadership, love for God’s people, and a passion to serve Him in ministry.  The amount and number of Ron Ward Memorial Scholarships will correspond to the growth of the fund.  To be considered for this scholarship, a completed MBC Comprehensive Scholarship Application is due February 15. The scholarship is presented annually at MBC’s graduation ceremony.
  • Chamberlin Greek Scholarship – Funded by the Chamberlin family, this scholarship is available each fall that Greek III is taught. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must have passed both Greek I and II with at least a 2.0 GPA and be enrolled in Greek III with the intent to take Greek IV.  This scholarship is awarded based on the student’s interest in pursuing the Greek language and demonstration of financial need.  This scholarship is currently awarded to one student every other fall semester.  To be considered for this scholarship, a completed MBC Comprehensive Scholarship Application is due February 15. The scholarship is presented at MBC’s graduation ceremony.
  • MBC Rural Shepherd Scholarship – Supporters of rural ministry have made this scholarship available at Montana Bible College for the student who demonstrates servant-hearted leadership and a passion to serve in rural ministry. The student must be at least junior standing, be in the pastoral emphasis, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and have a heart and focus for rural pastorates. This tuition-only scholarship of $1,500 may be given to a student less than full-time if the student meets the other criteria and is pursuing the pastorate in a rural ministry. To be considered for this scholarship, a completed MBC Comprehensive Scholarship Application is due February15. The scholarship is presented annually at MBC’s graduation ceremony.
  • Gwendolyn Gracie Scholarship – Established in honor of Gwendolyn Gracie, a long-time educator who had the heart for those in ministry in the rural areas, both local and global, this scholarship focuses on the Missions or Pastoral emphasis students. This tuition-only $2,500 scholarship can be successive for the student if the student maintains the qualification criteria of full-time status (exceptions may be made for a semester in which course offerings and student course needs deem less than 12 credits), declared emphasis of Missions or Pastoral, a 3.0 grade point average, active in a current ministry, demonstrate a financial need, and have a heart for rural ministry. $1,000 will be payable the fall semester and $1,500 will be payable in the spring semester. To be considered for this scholarship, a completed MBC Comprehensive Scholarship Application is due February 15. The scholarship is presented annually at MBC’s graduation ceremony.
  • Don & Mary Ann Hostetler Scholarship –The children of Don and Mary Ann Hostetler established this scholarship to honor their parents who have a heart for Christian education and the impact MBC graduates have in their local communities.  This $1,000 ($500 per semester) scholarship is available to the sophomore student who is currently active in a ministry and pursuing a four-year degree.  The student must also demonstrate financial need and maintain minimum academic requirements. To be considered for this scholarship, a completed MBC Comprehensive Scholarship Application is due February 15. The scholarship is presented annually at MBC’s graduation ceremony.
Scholarship Awards and Notification

Students may be awarded more than one scholarship, but up to no more than 50% of tuition costs unless otherwise stated.  External scholarships will not be calculated into this maximum.  Awards will be made in a timely manner following the application deadline.  All scholarship applicants will be notified in writing regarding the award amount.

Applying for Scholarships
  1. Students must complete MBC’s Comprehensive Scholarship Application (Please note you must attach a copy of your tax return in order for your application to be complete.  If you were not required to file, and did not file, you must provide a letter of explanation. Also if you are applying for the merit scholarships, two references are required, one from an employer and one from a ministry supervisor/mentor. )
  2. The application deadline for returning students to apply for fall semester scholarships is February 15th for merit-based scholarships. For spring semester scholarships, the deadline is December 1st (not required for those who completed the application in the fall).
  3. Direct any questions to the MBC Business Office at 406-586-3585.
  4. Sign and returned completed application to:

Montana Bible College
Business Office
20 Cornerstone Way
Bozeman, MT 59718

 

External Scholarships

There are scholarship opportunities available for diligent students who seek them through their local community and many other sources. MBC encourages students to pursue these scholarships if they so desire. 

 The Christian Scholarship Opportunities Guide is a detailed guide to Christian college scholarships, with application information, campus support, and other information that benefits students interested in attending a Christian college.